Syracuse Basketball: Analyst predictions arriving for 5-star Canadian wing

A five-star wing from Canada who holds a Syracuse basketball offer might have a potential front-runner in his recruitment, according to projections made on two recruiting Web sites.

I’ll always say that these sorts of predictions from national analysts and other recruiting insiders aren’t 100 percent accurate, but they often end up ringing true.

In this column, we’re discussing 2023 five-star shooting guard/small forward Elijah Fisher, who received a scholarship offer from the Orange in July of 2020.

Fisher is out of Crestwood Preparatory College in Toronto, Ontario, and numerous recruiting services rate him as a top-25 overall prospect in his class.

Syracuse basketball doesn’t appear to be a significant contender for five-star Elijah Fisher.

When the ‘Cuse coaching staff first offered Fisher, I had high hopes that the Orange would be a big factor in his recruiting process. Early on, he had some positive things to say about the Syracuse basketball program in some articles that I came across.

What’s more, over the years, the Orange has fared pretty well in recruiting talented Canadian high-school players to the Hill.

A few months back, Fisher took an official visit to Texas Tech out of the Big 12 Conference. I haven’t seen any mentions about other campus visits that he’s lined up.

In any event, multiple predictions have been logged for Fisher in the direction of Texas Tech on the 247Sports Web site and Rivals.com.

In recent months, I’ve read several media reports that spoke to the Red Raiders recruiting Fisher hard. Two other teams that may be in the mix, from what I can tell, are Auburn and Memphis.

Throughout his recruitment, Fisher has picked up more than 20 offers from a range of high-major squads, such as Kentucky, Florida State, Arizona, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, St. John’s, West Virginia, Kansas, Southern California, Texas A&M, Florida, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Oregon.

It also wouldn’t surprise me if Fisher ends up having some options that could take him directly from his prep school in Toronto to a professional route.

Last month, Fisher earned a lot of praise from some analysts and scouts for his play during NCAA live periods on the AAU circuit, where he was suiting up for Elite 6 in the Adidas league.

Fisher is one of more than 15 players in the 2023 class who have received offers from Syracuse basketball. At this juncture, several 2023 prospects seemed to have emerged as priority targets, including four-star guard Elmarko Jackson, four-star shooting guard Reid Ducharme and big man Joseph Estrella.

The ‘Cuse also recently extended offers to a pair of fast-rising players in this class, guard/small forward Kaden Cooper and wing/forward Tafara Gapare.